It’s February — which means planning for Sculpture on the Peninsula is well underway!
The largest sculpture exhibition in the South Island is a very special event, held every two years and attended by more than 6000 people in 2019. This year will be even more special. After more than two decades, the organising committee have decided that this year’s event will be our last.
So this is it — don’t miss out!
Mark the dates in your diary
Friday 5 November
Grand opening 5pm
Saturday 6 -Sunday 7 November
Public open days
Tickets will be on sale on 1 October.
So yes. November 2021 will be the last Sculpture on the Peninsula. It’s not been an easy decision, but we are certain that our final event will be the best yet.
It is a long time since Geoff Swinard began this event with an amazing group of friends, most of who are still involved today. For us all it has been an inspiration and a pleasure, but it is time to say farewell.
We know it’s a long way off yet, but we wanted you to hear the news from us – and we’d also love you to save the date in your diary! And if, like us, you’ve got friends and family who have always said they will come “next year” — this is it!
Supporting children in need
The event is organised by the Lombardy Charitable Trust as a fundraiser for Cholmondeley Children's Centre, Governors Bay; a residential care facility for children of families in crisis.
We’ve been supporting Cholmondeley since our first event back in 2000, and have already left an immense legacy, having raised well over $750,000. We are looking forward to adding to this significant sum this November.
Submissions are due by 3 July for our November 2021 event.
Sculpture on the Peninsula is an event that represents the best of current art practice in New Zealand, providing artists an opportunity to balance their own creative vision with the challenge of this outstanding setting.
There is no size, style, content or material restrictions on work submitted. However, materials and craftsmanship must be appropriately robust and fit for purpose.
If you know someone whose work may be suitable for the exhibition, please direct them find out more on the call for submissions page.
Jacqui Gibbs Chamberlain
Sculpture on the Peninsula has always attracted established and emerging artists from across New Zealand. Past exhibitors include Aaron te Rangiao, Alison Erickson, Cheryl Lucas, Graham Bennett, Hannah Kidd, Mark Whyte, Neil Dawson, Paul Dibble, Phil Price, Sam Mahon, Tim Wraight, and Bill Hammond.
It was with much sadness that we learned of Bill Hammond’s passing last month. Bill was such a wonderfully generous contributor to the New Zealand art scene and to Sculpture on the Peninsula. His humble spirit lives on in his soulful, beautiful work, pride of place in so many of our homes.
Top notch selectors and judges
Our Selection and Curatorial Panel this year is made up of Felicity Milburn, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu Lead Curator, and Shirin Khosraviani, Manager and Curator at Ashburton Gallery.
Work selected for the 2021 event will be eligible for the Sculpture on the Peninsula Award, and the $10,000 prize. The Award will be judged by Dr Warren Feeney, arts commentator and writer.
All work on exhibition is also eligible for the People’s Choice Award of $1,500.
See you in November
This year’s event will be held once again at Loudon Farm, Teddington, Banks Peninsula (25 minutes from central Christchurch). Loudon provides a spectacular back drop to showcase a selection of New Zealand’s best sculpture, and it’s a lovely spot for a picnic too.